Yes y’all, the time has finally come for the release of the newest Cornerstone Mixtape, presented by J. Moore, DJ B-Mello, and yours truly. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Cornerstone is one of the preeminent marketing companies in the music industry and they’ve been releasing a monthly mixtape for years. The hosts of each edition are hand selected by the Cornerstone staff and to be picked is considered a pretty high honor within hip-hop, one we’re thankful and proud to receive. Some of the past participants include legends like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, DJ Jazzy Jeff, the Fantastic Four (from Friday Night Flavas), DJ Revolution, and countless others. J and I are excited to be able to join those ranks and represent Seattle alongside our longtime friend and fellow DJ, the original West Coast Tapemaster, DJ B-Mello.
To be honest, it’s a bit surreal to see myself plastered on one of these covers since I’ve been collecting the tapes for years. To go from a kid bumming copies from my industry friends each month, to being added to the Cornerstone ship list (what up TNT!), to now helping host a tape myself…I can’t front, it’s a really cool feeling. Big shout to the entire 1200 Squad, particularly Blaze Wong, J, Dru Ha, and Rob Stone, for working with me throughout my college radio years and now at KUBE with Sunday Night Sound Session. They truly respect and live this culture, and they recognize folks who are helping keep it alive like J, Mello, and myself. Much appreciated fellas.
Alright, enough sentimentality. If you’re interested, peep the tracklisting for our mix and download it through one of the links below. We finished this up back in April, so a few of the songs are a little old right now. That said, I think we did a pretty damn good job keeping it current and we even managed to hang on to a couple exclusives…no small feat in this day and age. As always, our goal was to provide you with some great music and perhaps expose you to an artist you might not be familiar with.
Please feel free to repost and share around the net to all your people. Most importantly, just like on my old Beats, Rhymes, and Life mixtapes, remember to support the artists if you’re feeling their music!